SF Chefs is one of the biggest food events if not the biggest in the bay area. If you are a foodie, you were definitely in one of the SF Chef's tasting event. Everybody in the food industry was there during the week. It was week full of tastings, classes, parties and after parties. Marcus Samuelson was even there which sucks because I missed him during the event! I'm honored to be part of this event. I helped out on Friday night, went to the grand tasting on Saturday night and checked out the Eater Chef final battle on Sunday. It was definitely an amazing culinary experience.
SF Chefs is a celebration of food and bay area's top food talents mixed with panels, interviews, lectures, demos, booze and the most delicious bites SF has to offer. I have to say the food in this event is just extraordinary. There were some liquid nitrogen involved, sous vide preparations and unexpected flavor combinations. You would really expect something great especially if the Michael Mina group, Tyler Florence, Chris Consentino and many more are the ones preparing your food.
Here are the food shots from last Saturday's tasting event.
|Artichoke custard with preserved lemon, apple and caviar|
|Beans and tomato salad with buttermilk dressing from American Box|
|Braised Lamb shoulder Agnolotti from Kuleto's|
|Eggplant Caponatina with Burrata from Delarosa|
|Korean mint white chocolate ganache cookie sandwich and a Gin,sake, melon Yuzu cocktail drink|
|Oyster Vichyssoise with smoked potatoes and creme fraiche from Farallon|
|Chocolate cream and chocolate cake from Tout|
|Citrus-Vanilla Panna Cotta with Campari citrus gelee|
|Escalivada Terrine from Thirsty Bear|
|From Pacific Catch|
|Corn, Padron Pepper, Manchego from Contigo|
|Crab cakes with saffron aioli|
|Heirloom tomato tartar from Chez TJ|
|Tostada de Camaron from Tres|
|Truffled tuna tartare from Alexander's Steakhouse|
|Chive pancake with housemade sriracha|
|White Miso fudge with Black Sesame and Green Tea Marshmallow from Morimoto|
|Prosciutto and Fig from Locanda|
|Bay shrimp ceviche from Fifth floor|
|Betelnuts Tuna tartare|
|Heirloom tomato crostino confit from Chef Chris Consentino|
There were a lot of seafood dishes that night. My favorites were the crab cake from One Market and the truffled Tuna from Alexander's. Pacific Catch's Salmon Poke was very tasty as well. Ecopia Farms' cookie and gin sake drink were amazing. I can eat a dozen of those! :) The Korean mint and white chocolate is just perfect with the cocktail. Best presentation was definitely from Alexander's Steakhouse. The truffled tuna tartare was inside a sphere, similar to those toys you get using your quarters.
Another reason why this event is a big deal is because of all the celebrity chefs present. Joanne Weir, Hubert Keller, Fabio from Top chef, Jeffrey Saad and many more were there. This time, I only got a pic from Chris Consentino and Hoss Zare.
|Top Chef Master contender Chris Consentino|
Let's go to Sunday's Eater Chef challenge where Mark Dommen of One Market was paired with David Bazirgan against Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole and Staffan Terje of Perbacco. This was like watching an Iron Chef challenge with SF Chefs. The challenge was to use spices and Pork on their dishes. The outcome = Foie Gras powder, pancakes, some shabu shabu style dish and amazing spice combinations. Although, I just stared at those dishes since only the judges were the ones eating. It was truly a fun way to spend my Sunday morning. The winner for this challenge was team David and Mark with their inventive pork dishes and probably that Foie Gras creation.
|The set up|
|spices c/o Anjan Mitra of Dosa|
|food is served|
|Brandon Jew's dish|
|David Barzigan's ice cream dish|
|Mark Dommen's dish|
|I want their job|
This year was definitely bigger and it will just get better and better. I love every single thing about it. From the Michael Bauer talk, Illy's coffee cook off, celebrity chefs to non stop food, wine and cocktails. Can't wait to taste what next year has to offer.